Electronic health records (EHRs) are expected to bring a variety of health benefits, including reducing disparities in health-care access, but only if they are valued by all patient populations. We used the 2007 Health Information and National Trends Survey to characterize which health-care
users report that electronic access to their health records is important for themselves and their providers. Respondents from populations that generally experience health-care disparities (Blacks, Latina/os, and patients with psychological distress) were among the most likely to report that
the EHR was very important for themselves. Women were less likely than men to deem the EHR very important for their providers. Findings remained consistent after controlling for respondents’ socioeconomic status, health status, and health care. By identifying the characteristics of current
health-care users who see electronic access to records as important for themselves and providers, we can better understand potential barriers as well as motivators to adoption that could contribute to equitable usage across groups or a digital divide.
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electronic health records;
health information technology
Document Type: Research Article
Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 736 Bolton Hall, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-0413, USA
July 3, 2015
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